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Church Bulletin: June 26, 2016

posted Jun 27, 2016, 8:12 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
June 26, 2016- All Saints Sunday

 This Week's Services and Events

June 29, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

July 1, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

July 2, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM 

July 3, 2nd Sunday after Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Coffee Hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements- 

Looking for More Greeter Volunteers-
        One way that we can make guests and newcomers feel welcome is through our greeters who spend time in the narthex, keeping an eye out for people who might be new to our parish.  Since we will be losing one of our greeters, Hannah, after next week due to her upcoming move,  we could use one or more others to fill this important role.  If you are interested, speak with Matthew, our Parish Council chair.

Holy Bread Bakers-
        The calendar is wide open.  We need volunteers for many upcoming Sundays and beyond.  Please sign up!

Food for All - Kalona
       Thanks to all who supported our community Ice Cream Social and First Summer Lunch Monday in your prayers and with your presence. 150+ people from the Kalona area attended, and 128 lunches were provided! On Wednesday and Friday (our two other serving days of the week), our guest numbers were considerably greater than the first lunch week of the past two years. Also, support from the Kalona community is almost overwhelming this year, as individuals and churches are helping in many practical ways.
     Please come down sometime, have lunch, and see what's happening--and what Orthodox-style, community-style charity can look like. Also, volunteering is easy. Go online to our signup at goo.gl/7oeaHB to see what you can do.

        The Apostles Fast is June 27-28.

You Are Invited-
        Fr. Lev Smith invites all to attend St. John the Wonderworker Mission's Patronal Feast Day Liturgy at 10:00AM on Saturday, July 2.  A lunch will follow.  The mission meets at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 3120 E. 24th St., Des Moines.

A Charitable Appeal From Karen Kuntz-
        I wanted to tell you about a challenge I’m taking in October. My sister-in-law, Maria Wiblin and I will be walking 60 miles over the course of three days in the Susan G Komen 3-Day Walk. Susan G. Komen® is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen is the only organization that addresses breast cancer on multiple fronts such as research, community health, global outreach and public policy initiatives in order to make the biggest impact against this disease. My goal is to raise $3,200 to support the important work of fighting breast cancer.


Please consider making a donation to help defeat breast cancer!

Since the 3-Day Walk is a non-profit, gifts are tax deductible, and giving is easy.

 If you prefer to give online, my donation page is: http://www.the3day.org/goto/karenkuntz

Feel free to pass this information along to any of your friends who might be interested in supporting this cause!

Thank you for your encouragement and support.

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        At that time, as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. And going on from there He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and He called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him. And He went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the Kingdom and healing every disease and every infirmity among the people.  (Matthew 4:18-23)        
Pray for our Catechumen-
       Please keep our catechumen Ilya Buchkin in your prayers as he prepares to be sacramentally joined to the Orthodox Church.

Do You Have a Prayer Request?
        Please give it to Fr. Ignatius and he will distribute it by email to all those on the Prayer Chain. If you wish to join the Prayer Chain, please let Fr. Ignatius know. 
Remember Your Departed Loved Ones With Flowers-
        Would you like to memorialize your departed loved ones with a bouquet of flowers to be placed in the church on the weekend of your choice?  Look for the new Memorial sign-up sheet.  Decide what weekend you would like your loved one(s) remembered, give $25 to the church, clearly marking it for "Memorial Flowers" and your loved one(s) will be mentioned during the Great Entrance prayers and in the weekly bulletin.  If your departed loved ones are Orthodox, and you would like Trisagion Prayers for the Departed to be offered at the end of Liturgy, you can indicate that on the sign-up sheet as well.

Keep Praying for Kidnapped Orthodox Bishops in Syria-
       Since April 22, 2013, the Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, Metropolitan Paul, and the Syriac Metropolitan of Aleppo, Youhanna, have been in captivity and have not been heard from.  Please pray for their well being and release and also pray for their captors as well.  

Food for Thought- 

What a simple and handy means of salvation! Your trespasses are forgiven under the condition that you forgive your neighbor's trespasses against you. This means that you are in your own hands. Force yourself to pass from agitated feelings toward your brother to truly peaceful feelings - and that is all.

- St. Theophan the Recluse